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September 30, 2003


The Sordid "Nation Building" of Iraq

Paul Krugman is especially cynical in this Op-Ed about the cronyism that is defining the US government's efforts to rebuild Iraq, and award lucrative contracts to their friends at the same time. He goes beyond the Halliburton favoritism we already know about: electricity and phone service provision is working much the same way. Those who are suffering the most are the Iraqis, who wait and wait for services to be restored while the White House manipulates bidding so that the right people win. Krugman writes, "Iraq isn't postwar Europe, and George W. Bush definitely isn't Harry Truman." And this is no Marshall Plan.

categories: War and Security
posted by amy at 3:04 PM | #


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